201706 July/August 2017

June 29, 2017

Air Force, Congress Face Off over Space Program Management

The U.S. Air Force is in a tug of war with congressional lawmakers over how military space programs will be managed going forward.

The House Armed Services Subcommittee (HASC) Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, this week threw his support behind a measure to move Space Command out from under the Air Force, placing it instead within U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), one of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) nine unified commands.

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By Inside GNSS
June 26, 2017

Second Lockheed Martin GPS III Satellite Assembled, Ready to Begin Environmental Testing

Lockheed Martin’s second GPS III satellite is now assembled and preparing for environmental testing, and the third satellite is close behind, having just received its navigation payload.

In a specialized cleanroom designed to streamline satellite production, the company is in full production building GPS III – the world’s most powerful GPS satellites, near Denver, Colorado.

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By Inside GNSS
June 23, 2017

Galileo Gains 8 Satellites; Navigation Constellation Reaches Completion

The European Space Agency (ESA) signed a contract Thursday with a German-British consortium to build eight additional satellites for its Galileo navigation constellation.

The deal, which brings the Galileo navigation constellation to completion, was signed at the International Paris Air Show with German company OHB System AG as the prime contractor, and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. overseeing the navigation platforms.

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By Inside GNSS
June 22, 2017

New Reports on Performance Standards Confirm GPS’s “Gold Standard” Status for PNT

The U.S. Air Force last week released two technical reports demonstrating that GPS continues to deliver exceptional performance to civilian users around the world. The 2014 and 2015 performance reports confirm that the GPS Standard Positioning Service (SPS) satisfied nearly all measurable performance commitments documented in the GPS SPS Performance Standard, furthering the status of GPS as the “Gold Standard” for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT).

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By Inside GNSS